Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington | Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

Exhibitions: Voices of the Vigil

Voices of the Vigil logoThis new exhibition tells the story of our community's role in the struggle for freedom for Soviet Jewry.

Rave reviews!

"On behalf of your trusted committee of lay partners, I want to thank you and rest of your team for putting together such a moving, informative, inspiring and attractive exhibit.  The finished product surpassed anything any of us imagined and makes us all very proud…A sincere thank you for all your efforts."
Norman Goldstein, Chair, Exhibition Community Advisory Committee

"Thank you very much for wonderful exhibition! Please pass my appreciation to everybody who was working hard on this project...I believe that young generation should learn about this movement."
Ella Kagan, Soviet émigré and Director of Shalom Education Center

"Thank you for yesterday's tour of the very impressive exhibition.  The Washington community played a central role in the ultimate success of the movement to free Soviet Jewry, and this exhibit demonstrates that wonderfully.
It was a privilege for me to be involved in this cause, and our time with you reminded me and my staff of some of the most important work we did together on Capitol Hill.  It definitely was a 'walk down memory lane.'"
Michael Barnes, former Maryland Congressman

"It's a great show—one that makes every single visitor proud and pleased that individually and collectively, the Washington Jewish community did, in fact, change millions of lives and—'students and housewives all'—helped liberate so many Jews as they helped bring an end to the failed Soviet Union...The story of the Vigil is told in perfect detail. I especially liked reading the success stories of some of the immigrants who came to the U.S. as a result of the pressure of the Vigil...Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to produce another JHSGW signature partnership achievement. Wow."
Margery Elsberg, JHSGW Board of Directors

"The display is truly impressive, and what a wonderful celebration of this important movement and the hope it holds for all justice efforts. "  
Schroeder Stribling, Executive Director, N Street Village